Chris Heston (2-2, 2.51 ERA) and Ian Kennedy (1-1, 7.11 ERA) start in the last of a three-game series between the San Francisco Giants (14-13) and the San Diego Padres (14-14) at AT&T Park. The Giants won the last game 6-0, continuing a five-game winning streak. Action begins at 3:45 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May. 6 and can be seen on FSN-SD and CSN-BAY.
Heston pitched 6.1 innings in his most recent start, surrendering one run, striking out five and walking one in a 3-2 defeat to the Angels. Brandon Crawford (.262, 13 Rs, 5 HRs, 15 RBIs, 1 SB) had another good game yesterday, going 3 for 3 with two runs and one RBI. When pitching against the Giants, Kennedy is 9-4 with a 2.48 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, and 118 strikeouts. Justin Upton (.300, 19 Rs, 7 HRs, 21 RBIs, 4 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one stolen base.
San Francisco is a -124 favorite against San Diego and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at seven runs. The Giants have an overall money line of -56 and a record as the favorite of 6-7. San Francisco is an impressive 4-1 as the favorite over its last 10 games. The Giants are the fifth-best team in the NL at limiting walks to their opponents, allowing only 2.7 walks per game so far this season.
Over in the other dugout, San Diego is coming in with an overall money line of zero and a disappointing record of 5-8 as the underdog. They have been on a bit of a dry streak over their last 10 games. They managed a 0-3 record when playing as the underdog. The Padres allow 4.5 runs per game, but have damaged those numbers in the past 10 games, allowing 5.8 runs per game during that span.
The Giants have a 7-11 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Kennedy takes the mound. Heston (RHP) will be on the hill against the Padres, who have an 8-10 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - SD, O/U - Over
The Giants are 11-13 against their divisional rivals, while the Padres are 12-10 against their division.
For the sixth time this season, the Padres registered at least two errors in a game.
The Giants are 3-1 in games that go into extra innings. Meanwhile, the Padres are 0-2 in such matchups.
Having scored zero runs in their last game, the Padres are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Giants have a 4-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs.
When they are outhit, the Padres are 1-12. The Giants have a 3-8 record when opponents outhit them.
San Francisco ranks near the bottom of the league at 21st when it comes to home runs, hitting 19 this season. San Diego ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 26.
Ranking seventh, San Francisco is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 8.65 per game. San Diego ranks in the top five at fourth with 8.78.
San Francisco and San Diego both rank in the bottom half of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. San Francisco sits at 18th with an OPS of .693 and San Diego ranks 16th with an OPS of .695.
When the Padres allow at least one home run, they are 9-11. When the Giants allow one or more homers, they have a 5-8 record.